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The BC Government announced Tues its plans to allow ride sharing by the end of 2017. 

The government says its objective is to modernize regulations that will apply to both taxis and ride share companies, such as Uber and Lyft, to ensure they are able to compete fairly. 
"We understand there is public interest in ride sharing coming to Greater Victoria and anything that offers an alternative to owning a car should have a place here," said Chamber CEO Catherine Holt.  "We will be watching to see that passenger safety and consumer protection remain primary objectives and that taxi companies have the opportunity to compete in any new regulatory environment."
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Succession Planning for your Business
Social Media Series
2017 Greater Victoria Business Awards
YYJ Eats
Business Mixers
Prodigy Group Mingles

Flower Count Runs Until March 12

Victoria Flower Count is up and running. So start your counting to figure out which area of Greater Victoria is the best Bloomin' Community.

Searching for flowers due to the unprecedented cold snap? Look no further than Fleurs de Villes outstanding floral display at Mayfair Shopping Centre. This year, The Chamber had its own exquisite floral mannequin custom designed by longtime member Brown's The Florist.

Check out the video on the week long process to build this incredible Elizabethan gown . Bravo to all our local florists and their truly inspiring floral displays.

Fleurs de Villes: member since 2017  
Brown's The Florist: member since 1981  
Mayfair Shopping Centre: member since 1963
From King West to West Coast
The Chamber's very own Membership Manager, Stefanie Knox, was recently profiled in a CBC article about her move from Toronto to Victoria.

Read about her experience and how Vancouver Island is a bit more bustling than she expected.

BC Election - What's on YOUR mind?

The BC Chamber of Commerce is committed to driving insights to our partners, government and each other.

In pursuit of this goal, we are seeking to know what's on YOUR mind for BC's upcoming 2017 provincial election. These insights inform our advocacy efforts on behalf of BC's business community.

The survey will take 8-10 minutes to complete. We appreciate your time in helping the BC Chamber get business done in our province.
Prodigy Group March Mingle   
Connect with emerging and established members of Greater Victoria's business community at the monthly Prodigy Group March Mingle . See the photos from the last Mingle here .

Thurs, Mar 9 | 5-7 pm   
614 Garbally Rd.

New Vessel Almost Ready
V2V Vacations unveiled the nearly finished V2V Empress at Point Hope Shipyard on Monday. The passenger ferry with service between Victoria's Inner Harbour and downtown Vancouver will start on May 1.
The catamaran is almost ready for sea trials after nearly 16,000 hours of labour went into reconfiguring the vessel.

Work continues on the interior, but Graphic FX Signworks has installed First Nations artist Billy Cook's orca, which is displayed on both sides of the vessel.

V2V Vacations: member since 2016 
Graphic FX Signworks Inc.: member since 2002  

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Tax Tips: Filing Online

Death and taxes two certainties in life. Procrastination on your taxes unfortunately won't make them go away. Here are some tips on how to get this off your list and reduce deadline stress for yourself and your tax preparer. Your income tax can be filed online anytime after February 20. Online is taking the lead over handwritten, with more than 84% of individuals filing online last year. 

Looking to save time and errors? The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) offers an Auto-fill my return feature through some NETFILE-certified software. This secure feature automatically fills in certain parts of your return. Just register at CRA for My Account. Looking for instant feedback? Sign up for Express NOA to get the status of your return immediately after you file and next day notice of assessment.

If you've hired another Chamber member to look after your taxes, make sure that you have formally authorized them as a representative with CRA. If you have a business number, go to and search for Form RC59, Business Consent. If you don't have a business number and want to authorize a representative, you may need to complete an authorization for individuals. For more information, go to and look up "Authorize or cancel a representative - Individuals."
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